Job hunting like a pro
Apply directly to your dream job at a startup you admire – instead of responding to a job advertisement or recruiter. And easily do your homework on interesting companies so you can submit the best possible application. That’s what Dealroom enables you to do.
The right company for you
On Dealroom, you can be very specific about the growth stage, team, investors, and what the company does.
Working for a pre-seed startup completely differs from working at a scale-up. One isn’t better than the other, but it’s important to make explicit choices and know what you are getting into. The below chart shows how you can distinguish them on the platform.
|Startup stage||Breakout stage||Scaleup stage|
|Typical last round||Pre-seed ($0–1M)
Series A ($4–15M)
|Series B ($15–40M)
Series C ($40–100M)
|Typical headcount *||5–60 people||40–250 people||100+ people|
|Typical company valuation *||$1–60M||$60–400M||$400M+|
|Team focus||Build Proof of Concept/MVP
Find Product-market-fit (PMF) and Go-to-market-fit (GTMF)
|Manage and sustain rapid growth
Prepare for scale
|Enable sustained growth
Maintain performance at scale
|Archetypes||Pirates and romantics||More experienced hires who still thrive on chaos||More experienced hires who like streamlining things|
* range from first to third quartile (therefore, the ranges overlap for headcount).
You can also search for bootstrapped startups.
The proprietary technology taxonomy has the following base structure:
To learn more about the taxonomy and how it all works, go to the Taxonomy Guide.
Impact and sustainability
Dealroom’s Intelligence Unit has built an extensive taxonomy around impact, climate and sustainability. You can learn more about all this in our Climate Tech Guide. Below you can navigate some categories.
Deep, frontier, hard tech
Deep Tech is the filter to use if you are looking for work involving scientific and engineering breakthroughs and discoveries. It includes areas such as Future of Computing (e.g. quantum computing, photonics tech, ai chips), novel energy (e.g. nuclear fusion, hydrogen, solid-state batteries, carbon removal), novel ai (e.g. generative AI, explainable and responsible AI, autonomous systems), space tech, synthetic biology and more.
Frontier tech is broader than Deep Tech, including companies using these novel technologies as applications without developing R&D on them. It includes Deep Tech, plus things like VR, AR, blockchain, autonomous tech, climate tech, robotics, space, and semiconductors.
|Transportation||Autonomous mobility, Space tech for aviation, Alternative battery chemistry|
|Semiconductors||Photonics tech, AI chips and processors, Brain-computer interfaces, Neuromorphic chips and processors|
|Blockchain||Crypto and web 3.0 infrastructure, blockchain|
|Space||Launch vehicles, Earth observation satellites|
|Energy||Hydrogen, Nuclear fission, Nuclear fusion|
|Health||AI drug discovery|
|Carbon||Carbon removal, Carbon capture and storage|
|Quantum Technology||Quantum computing|
|Food||Lab-grown, Precision agriculture|
The quality of the investors says a great deal about the startup’s chances of success. This is especially true at the (pre)seed stage, where most startups fail, but the failure rate can range from 50% to 95%, depending on the investors. The Journey to Series A report shows that raising from top-tier investors is a decent predictor of startup survival.
Companies backed by selected top-tier early-stage investors: SV Angel, 500 Global, LocalGlobe, Kima, PointNine, Cherry, Founder Collective, First Round, Index, Accel, Lightspeed, A16Z, Sequoia, General Catalyst, Founders Fund, Khosla – or pick any investor of your choice.
Finally, you can use the Dealroom Signal to your advantage by focusing on the most promising startups. Think of the Dealroom Signal as an indicative aid rather than a single source of truth. Click on the column to sort by the Signal, or use the dropdown to add a minimal signal.
Finding the right role
|Sales & Marketing jobs||Sales, Marketing & Communication, CSM & Support, Business Development|
|Tech & Product jobs||Backend Development, Data Science & Engineering, Full-stack Development, Frontend Development, DevOps, Android Development, iOS Development, Design|
|General jobs||Human Resources, Accounting, Project Management, Finance, Logistics, Business Intelligence, Legal|
You can filter companies by the specific tech used by the teams.
Recruiting for your startup
Startups can also pitch themselves to top talent searching for a new challenge.
Step 1: Sign up and claim your startup company profile.
Step 2: Add your pitch to make your company profile stand out more and become visible on the platform. Check the below GIF (for more, check here how to add your pitch):
Step 3: Request a founder package.
Visit dealroom.co/for-founders and request extended access.